Another Saturday Night

The Caste of killers Comedy Collective continues to develop comedy talent in the Milwaukee area.

Standup comedians – new and improving – hone their craft at open mics, and you can catch them in the act.

One such show is every Saturday at 8 p.m., at Paulie’s Beer Trip, 1430 S. 81st St., West Allis. It’s a free show. You buy your own beer. As always, donations are welcome. Please tip your server.

And if you would like to perform, show up about 30 minutes beforehand to arrange it.

Vino venture

View Vino 100 as another venue for stand-up comedy in Milwaukee.

Head there, in the Historic Third Ward, Friday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m., and you’ll see Milwaukee’s own Ryan Mason and Sammy Arechar along with Xavier Lamont, from Chicago, and the headliner, Bobby Hill.

The Vino 100 Comedy Showcase, at 219 E. Erie St., costs $10 at the door and just $5 in advance online.

Free Comedy Free CD

The folks who brought you the Milwaukee Comedy Festival each summer since 2006 now offer a free comedy show with a free recording of the show to keep and listen to again and again.

Welcome to the Comedic Release Show, starring seven Milwaukee-area comedy standouts:

Sammy Arechar
Chao Feng
Tom Grimm
Erik Koconis
Adam Loeding
Ryan Lowe
Tyler Menz

with emcee Christopher Schmidt, who hosts the Tuesday night open mic at the Down and Over in Milwaukee’s Bay View.

Each comedian will perform eight minutes of original material. The show will be recorded and released on a free CD.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31, in the Arcade Theatre of Milwaukee’s Underground Collaborative, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., lower level.

Snowdance in Racine

The windchill warnings tell us not to expose our bare skin to the sub-Arctic extremes outside for more than 30 minutes.

Well, beginning Friday, Jan. 31, the Over Our Head Players in Racine are exposing audiences to comedy sketches of no more than 10 minutes in duration. It’s the 10th Snowdance Festival, showcasing nine 10-minute plays submitted from all over, including from some Wisconsin playwrights, such as Neil Haven, from Whitewater. Audiences vote on their favorite of nine plays at each show, and winning playwrights can attain up to $300 in cash.

From Managing Artistic Director Rich Smith:

“Every year, Snowdance truly reflects the current trends in playwrighting across the country. We have the chance to bring work to Racine that is as fresh as anything seen on a bigger city’s stage. This year, the selection process was particularly difficult. Once again, Snowdance received plays from all corners of the country and beyond. We have put together a lineup that will please the comedy connoisseurs in the Snowdance audience.”

Shows run each weekend through March 1, at 318 6th St., in Racine. Tickets are $16, and many shows already are sold out. Please click here for more information.

And hats off (not too long, though) to the Over Our Head Players for offering a way to embrace the season.

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